South Boston Speedway News
CenturyLink Late Model 150 Saturday with a $2,000 bounty for anyone who can beat Morris Saturday at SoBo
May 31, 2011 - updated May 31st, 2011 1:49pm
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SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Philip Morris keeps winning and the bounty for anyone who can defeat him at the famed South Boston Speedway continues to grow.
What began as a $500 bounty on Morris a few weeks ago has now grown to a $2,000 bounty for Saturday night’s CenturyLink Late Model 150 NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing program. Therefore, the total first-place prize for any driver who can defeat Morris this weekend would be $5,000.
Morris must still be competing at the end of the race for a driver to claim the bounty and Morris himself can also claim the bounty if he elects to start from the rear of the field and attempt to work his way to the front to score a 10th consecutive win.
Morris, a three-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion, swept victories in twin 75-lap races this past weekend at America’s Hometown Track to increase his winning streak to nine on the four-tenths mile asphalt oval. Morris has won every event in 2011 with the exception of the season-opening event, which was won by former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers.
Morris’ victories this past weekend came against star-studded fields of 25 cars in the opening event and 21 cars in the nightcap.
Saturday’s CenturyLink Late Model 150 racing program will feature five events with the first race of the night set to begin at 7 p.m.
In addition to the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division, the racing program will also feature twin races for the Limited Sportsman Division and action for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Southern Vintage Modifieds.
While amassing nine consecutive victories, Morris has opened a whopping 103-point advantage over second-place Justin Johnson, who is the two-time defending South Boston Speedway champion. Female competitor Natalie Sather is third in the standings, while Dennis Holdren is fourth and Josh Oakley rounds out the top five drivers in the standings.
Brian Pembelton notched another victory this past weekend and heads into the twin races for the Limited Sportsman Division with a 16-point lead over Danny Willis Jr., who claimed a runner-up finish last weekend. Defending champion Justin Snow is third in the division standings and is only two points behind Willis.
Joe Allred, who has now scored three straight victories, continues to lead the Budweiser Pure Stock Division standings. He is 21 points ahead of Trey Crews. Randy Hupp is third in the standings and is only eight points behind Crews.
Darryl Lacks will enter Saturday’s race for the Southern Vintage Modifieds with an eight-point cushion over Daryl Gwynn.
Pit registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Practice for all divisions will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and qualifying time trials will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. and admission will be $10 for adults and children six and under will be admitted free with a paid adult.
For more information visit the track's website or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.